“Before I came I was anxious being around people but it feels very homely and comfortable. The staff are great, very friendly.”

“I was frightened at first, having never been in this situation before. I was a mess. The beautiful woman of Warrina refuge are God sent angels who go above and beyond the call of duty for your safety. Your physical and mental illness is top priority and you are not forced to do anything that you are not ready for. We have to remember that these women (case managers and carers) are handed broken, almost destroyed women and their children suffering from PTSD. We can be angry, hurt, crazed people and the Warrina women hold you tight and help you start to repair the damage, join the shattered pieces of your lives back together again and get us on feet. They try and give us back our self-esteem your self-worth. Now, I have a home again. They do not have an easy job and have been where you are and have made it to a better life. These women want to share their knowledge and skills. They help others be put back together again. I would not be here to rave on if it wasn’t for Warrina women. They saved me and I am forever grateful to each and every one that was there to help. I love you guys. You are angels in disguise and I miss you all.”

“As a Non-English speaking Chinese woman, I was scared before I came. I nearly died with my ex-husband but when I came, it felt exactly like home. It was very good for me and my daughter. It made me a new life. I hope other women and children can have a new life too. I am thankful.”

“I never wanted to go to the refuge. I was really scared and wasn’t sure what it would be like. It was the best choice I made besides leaving my situation. For me and my children, it is a nurturing environment. The women that work there put their heart and soul into their work. I am thankful not just for their help but their friendship.”

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